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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

03 February 2014

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Following some good work from BPEX, EBLEX and Defra in 2013 in the Dominican Republic, the UK can now export pork to this country, which has the largest economy in Central America. The Export Health Certificate is expected to be made available rapidly.
British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

The Note for Guidance 1292 for the “export of pork, viscera and sausages to Japan” has been revised. This introduces the requirement of physical separation of product for Japan eligible countries.

EU pork exports to Mainland China rose from 167,000 tonnes in 2011, to 268,000 tonnes in 2012 and 368,000 tonnes in 2013. They now represent a record 63% of all Chinese imports. For offal, they have risen to 459,000 tonnes or 56% of Chinese imports. UK exports for 2013 to Mainland China are likely to be in the order of 25,000 tonnes for pork and 8,000 tonnes for offal.

See below report of an outbreak of African Swine Fever in Lithuania.



According to local newspaper “Le Télégramme” a number of ex-executives from the Gad abattoir in Lampaul-Guimiliau, Brittany have prepared a business plan to process 10,000 pigs per week with 250 staff.

From wildlife to cooked ham

A French historian has just published a great book named “Le cochon” (The pig) which tells the history of pigs from life in the wild through to industrial production. The book explains how potato production and increasing volumes of food waste, mainly from the dairy, bread and fish industries led to the production of food for pigs during the 19th century.

Ball in box

The hot snack market is rapidly expanding and Fleury-Michon is fully exploiting the market by launching a new range which targets the 15-35 age group. Following in the tracks of the box market, the “Ball in Box” is a new product of 28 meatballs with a mix of meat and potato ready for dipping, including one ham-based recipe with a ketchup sauce.

Pig mouse

The food service specialist Brake is launching a new product called “souris de jambon” (pig mouse), which is a 750-850g portion of cooked knuckle (from Spain) presented in vac-pack unit.


Pigs: The pig market was a little higher at the beginning of the week following price increases in some markets including Germany, Belgium, and Spain where supplies are reported as very low. The 56 TMP base price gained €c0.4 last Monday at Plérin.

Piglets: The French piglet market remains firm, offers are limited and demand is good. The FNP-FNCBV price gained €c4 for 25kg piglets and €c71 weaners.

Cuts: Market activity has been reported as quiet, a typical trend for the last week of the month. Processors are anticipating improved market activity over the coming few days as consumption improves. Exports demand is reported to be very calm.

Pork prices RUNGIS week commencing 27 January 2014

Cut namePrice range (Euro/Kg)
Back fat, rind-on 0.70
Trimmings 1.50
Leg 2.67
Loin including chump 2.88
Loin excluding chump 2.65
Belly extra without trimmings 2.73


Further closures

Further to its December decision to close the boning factory on Funen, the sow abattoir in Skærbæk and the abattoir at Bornholm, Danish Crown now want to cease operations in Faalborg, pork boning and further processing, with the loss of 475 staff. However, the company is revisiting its decision regarding Skærbæk and Bornholm. The latter abattoir has been threatened with closure for 25 years but ending pig slaughter on this large island would mean the end of pig production there. The closure of the specialised facility of Skærbæk is problematic and solutions which include lowering cost are now being investigated.
(Source, Danish Crown, our comment)


European markets remain quiet. The UK bacon market is still under pressure. The third-country markets are reported as stable with good activity to Russia, stable sales to Japan, while China is still quiet due to the Chinese New Year.

Danish Slaughterhouses - payments week commencing 27 January 2014
SlaughterhouseDanish CrownTican
Slaughter pigs (70.0 – 86.9 kg)
Difference to last week
Sows (Above 129.9 kg)
Difference to last week
Boars (Above 109.9 kg)
Difference to last week


ASF outbreak

A hunted wild boar tested positive last week to ASF. Lithuania has imposed a temporary ban on the movement of live pigs out of the affected areas. Russia and Belarus have banned pork products from Lithuania that are not processed thermally. Latvia has also banned some products and is reinforcing border controls. The Lithuanian government is expected to declare an official state of emergency this week in regions bordering Belarus, which it claims as the source of the virus. In addition, all wild boars hunted in these regions which are close to Poland will be incinerated if tests show they carry the virus. The Food and Veterinary Service in Lithuania said 90% of the country’s 60,000 wild boars would have to be culled to stop the virus from spreading, according to the Baltic Times. Interior Minister Dailis Alfonsas Barakauskas said the government will turn to the EU Commission, asking to finance a fence along Belarus' border to prevent the movement of boars. Last year the European Commission rejected Lithuania’s request to pay for a fence to stop wild boars from Belarus crossing the border.
(Source, Baltic Times)


More on Tierwohl

An initiative has been launched this year following a two-year study. It aims to propose a single animal welfare scheme linked to the QS system. The bonus is a flat €500 plus €2 per weaner and €3 per slaughter pig. The scheme has a choice of criteria, some facultative, according to a scoring grid. The compulsory criteria include antibiotic control, ventilation control, daylight, veterinary control as well as density criteria and access to straw. A third of German production is expected to join the scheme.
(Source, Raiffensen)

Pig market balanced

The second consecutive increase in the recommended price, up to €1.59 per kg, has not reduced any demand from processors to source pigs. Current supplies are high and the market is balanced. Only a few regions in north western Germany report lower supplies. However, both national and international demand is relatively low with most pork cuts being sold at stable prices.

Pork Prices Hamburg Market Week commencing 27 January 2014
Cut namePrice range (€ / kg)
Round cut leg 2.12/2.38
Leg (boneless, rindless max fat level 3mm) 2.90/3.25
Boneless Shoulder 2.35/2.60
Picnic Shoulder 1.85/2.05
Collar 2.45/2.65
Belly (bone in, ex-breast) 2.20/2.45
Sheet Boned Belly (rindless) 2.15/2.40
Jowl 1.15/1.30
Half Pig Carcasses U class 1.98/2.08


New welfare regulation

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment has approved new regulations to protect animals at time of slaughter. The regulations highlight the requirments for vocational training in slaughterhouses and set the standard for all equipment used in slaughter operations.
(Source: Eurocarne)

Pork prices Barcelona Market Week commencing 27 January 2014
Cut namePrice range (€ / kg)
Gerona Loin Chops 2.43/2.46
Loin Eye Muscle 3.18/3.21
Spare Ribs 2.83/2.86
Fillets 5.43/5.46
Round Cut Legs 2.88/2.91
Cooked Ham 2.63/2.66
Rindless Picnic Shoulder 1.72/1.75
Belly 2.21/2.24
Smoked Belly with Spare Rib Section Cut off 2.64/2.67
Shoulder chap or Head Jowls 1.20/1.23
Back Fat, Rindless 0.65/0.68


Processors’ difficulties

Scan and Dalsjöfors will now pay farmers every two weeks opposed to every week. This may indicate cashflow difficulties.
(Source, Markedsnyt)


Another resignation

The Italian farming minister Nunzia de Girolamo has resigned following accusations of abuse of power with public contracts in her home town, Benevento.
(Source, Wall Street Journal)


Lower trade

In 2013, the Ukraine imported 150,200 tonnes of pork, 27.7% less than 2012 levels. The largest suppliers of pork to the Ukrainian market were Brazil (77,200 tonnes) and Belgium (6,400 tonnes). In 2013, the Ukraine exported 4,600 tonnes of pork, a fall of more than four-fold compared with 2012.


Potential EU restrictions

The Russian veterinary authorities are considering introducing temporary restrictions on imports of pork from the EU, on the basis of an outbreak of African Swine Fever in Lithuania. According to a spokesman from the Russian veterinary authorities, no final decision has been made in relation to the restrictions.
(source, Markedsny for Svinekoed)

Belgian pork detained

Rosselkhoznadzor detained a 25 tonne consignment of Belgian pork at the veterinary control point in Khabarovsk. Part of the consignment had no required labelling detailing the plant number, date of production and expiry date. The consignment has been taken to a warehouse while laboratory analysis is conducted by Rosselkhoznadzor experts. The results of the tests will determine the destiny of the consignment.


Wages rising fast

Chinese wages are increasing by 13% per year, meaning more disposable income to buy meat. Private enterprises in the Guangdong province, including the Pearl River Delta (PRD), pay the highest average wage at £420 per month. Shenzen, a metropolis of 10 million people, in PRD has the highest per capita income.
(Source, Financial Times)

New line for Ronald

McDonald’s has introduced a new line for the Chinese New Year: the Red Sausage Burger. The burger includes two pork patties, lettuce, sauce and a slice of smoked Chinese sausage.
(Source, McDonald’s)


Farm bill agreement

House and Senate negotiators reached a bipartisan agreement on the long overdue US farm bill that ends a pricy, direct subsidy to farmers while expanding government-backed crop insurance programs. The bill is expected to save about US$24b over 10 years, compared with current funding - less than many pundits, and especially conservative Republicans, had hoped for. However, the final price tag over a decade is expected to be close to US$1 trillion - too high for some lawmakers. Despite last-minute lobbying from the meat industry, country of origin labelling (COOL) remains in the bill. The provision requires meat to be labelled as to where animals are born, grown and processed. Canada’s agriculture minister, Gerry Ritz, says he’s hoping to avoid an all-out trade war with the United States over food labelling.
(Source, various)

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